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This summer, Pop-
Il Matrimonio Segreto tells the tale of a rich Italian businessman as he attempts to marry off one of his daughters to a mad English toff with disastrous results. Packed with tunes and matrimonial mayhem, this exciting story about following your heart makes for a perfect summer opera filled with Pop-
The opera’s premiere in Vienna was the occasion of the longest encore in operatic history; Leopold II was so delighted that he ordered supper served to the company and the entire opera repeated immediately after!
Commenting on this rarely performed production, director Max Hoehn says, Il Matrimonio Segreto is a wonderful explosion of anarchy with ensembles that fizz and an array of larger-
Artistic Director, Clementine Lovell, comments, ‘We love the idea of bringing to life an opera which is rarely performed, and making it our own. We are excited to be working with Max Hoehn, who was recently named Best Young Director at the International Opera Awards, and whose staging has been described as ‘brilliantly alive’. He’s a perfect choice in our mission to keep making opera relevant and highly entertaining for a modern audience.’
With their signature ‘Silent Movie’ captions that add another layer to the performance, Pop-
This summer, Pop-
Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto
Thursday 18th May – Sunday 30th July
Content supplied by Chloé Nelkin Consulting
Director Max Hoehn
Producers Fiona Johnston and Clementine Lovell
Musical Director Berrak Dyer
Captions Harry Percival
Captions Operators Rachel Hunter and Soledad Zarate
Pianists Berrak Dyer / Richard Leach
Elisetta Emily Blanch / Heather Caddick
Carolina Chiara Vinci / Catrin Woodruff
Fidalma Vivien Conacher / Helen Stanley
Count Robinson Tom Asher / Matthew Palmer
Paolino Peter Kirk / Mark Bonney
Geronimo Joseph Kennedy / Peter Willcock
Clementine Lovell, Founder & Director, Producer
The idea for Pop-
Yet the concerts were a huge success. Having spent two years living in Italy, where opera comes to small towns and theatres, Clementine saw no reason why the same could not happen in Britain. These experiences came together to form Pop-